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Victory’s Aftertaste

Rashid Talukder's photo of the dismembered head in Rayerbazar
(, or the Pullitzer winning image by
Michel Laurent and Horst Faas, of the bayoneting of Razakars have
been used to represent Bangladesh's war of liberation. Kishor Parekh
photographed a different war. An old man held up a tiny flag of the
new Bangladesh. A child cast a furtive glance at a corpse in the
street. Jubilant children laughed as they ran across mustard fields
in bloom. Women shed silent tears. "Shoot me right now, or take me",
he had said to the major who refused to take this unaccredited
photographer. But Parekh did board the helicopter, but then went his
own way. On his own, with limited film, Parekh photographed the war
that ordinary women, men and children had fought.
Shahidul Alam
Sat Dec 20, 2003

December 20, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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